Region 4 News Release: USDL: 00-98
Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Contact: John Vos
PHONE: (912) 652-4393
OSHA FINES BRUNSWICK, GA, BRIDGE BUILDING CONTRACTOR $94,500
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited RECCHI America, Inc. - GLF Construction Corp. and proposed penalties totaling $94,500 for safety violations at a Brunswick, Ga., bridge construction site.
According to Luis. R Santiago, OSHA's Savannah area director, a formal complaint triggered the April 3 inspection of the Sidney Lanier bridge construction project. OSHA found three serious violations and three repeat violations -- ones similar to those for which the company was cited at the same location in August 1999 -- as a result of the inspection. The alleged violations included:
- using improper rigging equipment;
- exceeding crane loading capacities;
- failing to train employees in flagging and rigging operations;
- improper storage of compressed gas cylinders;
- failing to barricade the swinging radius of crane superstructures, and
- failing to secure cranes to barges.
"Employers should take seriously the safety and health of their employees," said Santiago. "Following OSHA standards, providing adequate training and maintaining a safe workplace are sound investments for employers. Failing to take safety precautions can cost heavily in human suffering as well as financially."
OSHA defines a serious violation as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
A repeat violation occurs when the employer was cited previously for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
RECCHI America, Inc. - GLF Construction Corp. has 15 working days to contest OSHA's citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Inspection of the Brunswick work site was conducted by OSHA's area office located at 450 Mall Blvd. Suite J, Savannah, GA 31406; telephone: (912) 652-4393.
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